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Aug172017

"Worth the wait": Katy Perry's Witness: The Tour kickoff pushed back due to "production delays"

AEG PresentsFans will have to wait just a bit longer to witness Katy Perry's Witness: The Tour.

The series of concerts, which was to kick off September 7 in Columbus, OH, will now start September 19 in Montreal, said the singer, who blamed issues with the set design.  

The Columbus date will be bumped to September 24.

"Due to unavoidable production delays, major elements of my tour stage design could not be available for me to rehearse on until this week," Katy said in a statement. "I’ll be spending the next few weeks taking the time to properly prepare the show to be an experience I am proud to share with you."

She added, "I'm sorry for any inconvenience this causes, but hope everyone who sees the show will agree it was worth the wait."

All the rescheduled dates are listed on katyperry.com/tour.

Perry also revealed Noah Cyrus will join WITNESS: The Tour on September 19 and serve as opening act through November 1. Purity Ring will open for Katy November 7 through December 20, and then Carly Rae Jepsen will pick up the mantle following the tour's holiday break, opening dates from January 5 to February 5.

The statement adds that all tickets purchased for the original concert dates will be honored for the new dates, with refunds available at point of purchase.

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Thursday
Aug172017

On "Tonight Show," Shania Twain announces 2018 tour

Andrew Lipovsky/NBCShania Twain was Jimmy Fallon's musical guest on Wednesday's Tonight Show, and used the appearance to officially announce her upcoming tour, kicking off in 2018.

Fallon made the announcement during his introduction of her performance of "Swinging with My Eyes Closed," the latest single from her upcoming album, Now -- her first in 15 years. Tickets go on sale August 25.

Shania also shared the news on Twitter, along with information on how to order pre-sale tickets.

Now will be available on August 29.

Here are Shania's 2018 dates according to Ticketmaster:

5/3 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
5/5 -- Vancouver, Canada, Rogers Arena
5/6 -- Vancouver, Canada, Rogers Arena
5/9 -- Edmonton, Canada, Rogers Place
5/10 -- Edmonton, Canada, Rogers Place
5/12 -- Saskatoon, Canada, Sasktel Centre
5/13 -- Winnipeg, Canada, MTS Centre
5/15 -- St.Paul, MN,Xcel Energy Center
5/16 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
5/18 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center Omaha
5/19 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
6/1 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
6/2 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
6/4 -- Duluth, MN, Infinite Energy Center
6/6 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
6/7 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
6/9 -- Houston, TX,  Toyota Center
6/10 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
6/12 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
6/13 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
6/15 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
6/16 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
6/25 -- Ottawa, Canada, Canadian Tire Centre
6/26 -- Montreal, Canada, Bell Centre
6/28 -- Quebec City, Canada, Videotron Centre
7/1 -- Hamilton, Canada, FirstOntario Centre
7/3 -- London, Canada, Budweiser Gardens
7/4 -- London, Canada, Budweiser Gardens
7/6 -- Toronto, Canada, Air Canada Centre
7/7 -- Toronto, Canada, Air Canada Centre
7/11 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
7/12 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
7/14 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
7/15 -- Washington, D.C., Capital One Arena
7/17 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
7/18 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
7/20 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
7/21 -- Nashville, TN, TBA
7/24 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
7/25 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
7/27 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
7/28 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena
7/30 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
8/1 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
8/3 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
8/4 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena

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Thursday
Aug172017

Taylor Swift to make donation to Mariska Hargitay's foundation addressing sexual assault

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Taylor Swift has begun to make good on her promise to donate money to organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves, after a jury ruled for her in her claim of assault against former deejay David Mueller.

Taylor will be making a donation to actress Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation, among other organizations, Joyful Heart's CEO told The Huffington Post on Wednesday.

“Taylor is aware of the Joyful Heart Foundation and follows our work,” Zambuto told the website. “Her team got in touch with me and we talked a lot about her commitment, all along throughout this ordeal, to wanting to be of service to survivors. ”

The organization tweeted a link to the HuffPo story, with the comment, "@taylorswift13's courage & generous investment in our work send a powerful message to survivors: you are not alone."

Joyful Heart was founded in 2004 by Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Hargitay after her research in preparation for the role left her shocked by the scope of sexual assaults in the U.S.

Joyful Heart CEO Maile M. Zambuto did not reveal the amount of Taylor's donation but characterized the donation as an “extremely generous financial investment in the movement to end sexual violence.”

"I think it was really important to see someone like Taylor to stand up to her abuser so publicly because there’s so much secrecy and shame associated with sexual assault,” Zambuto told the website. “Taylor had a choice to do this quietly -- to risk less -- and instead, she took this path as a survivor and as a symbol of strength and a source for so many survivors who feel really alone.”

Mariska, of course, was featured in Taylor's all-star "Bad Blood" video.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Lorde unveils stripped down performances in "Melodrama Reimagined" video series

Credit: Brendan WalterLorde has release six new videos on VEVO featuring stripped down versions of songs from Melodrama.

In an introductory video for the series -- Melodrama Reimagined, shot at the Electric Lady Studios in New York City -- Lorde says, "I don't really do acoustic sessions or anything, but with this record, it had roots in acoustic instruments, in live musicianship," pointing at the very piano in the studio on which many of the album's songs were written.

She adds, "I think when you start to strip a song back, you really come back to this place of where you were building it."

The new videos include a version of "Hard Feelings/Loveless," performed with a group of female singers on the studio's roof.

"A lot of Melodrama is really about taking these kind of traditionally young, female emotions, it was kind of interesting to me to take those, and amplify them and make them into something kind of transcendent," Lorde explains of the performance. "And so I feel like having the girls out on the roof and making a really beautiful multipart harmony and just getting to have a sing is kind of what should have always happened with Melodrama I think, what the DNA of it is for sure."

The other tracks Lorde performed for Melodrama Reimagined are "Writer in the Dark," "Homemade Dynamite," "Sober," "Supercut," and "The Louvre."

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Thursday
Aug172017

Lady Gaga to be deposed in legal case between Kesha and Dr. Luke

Image Group LA/ABCLady Gaga will be deposed next month in the legal battle between Kesha and Dr. Luke, E! Online reports.

E! cites court documents as saying that Gaga will appear for a deposition sometime in September.

Last month, attorneys for Dr. Luke subpoenaed Gaga to force her to be deposed in the proceedings arguing that she has relevant information about alleged false statements about Dr. Luke made by Kesha to Gaga.

Gaga also will comply with the subpoena's request for full, unedited copies of documents that previously had been provided in edited form.

At the time of the subpoena in late July, a rep for Gaga said in a statement to Billboard, "As Lady Gaga's legal team will present to the court, she has provided all of the relevant information in her possession and is at most an ancillary witness in this process. Dr. Luke's team is attempting to manipulate the truth and draw press attention to their case by exaggerating Lady Gaga's role and falsely accusing her of dodging reasonable requests."

Gaga has been an outspoken supporter of Kesha following Kesha’s sexual abuse allegations against Dr. Luke, birth name Lukasz Gottwald. Dr. Luke has denied Kesha’s allegations.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Luis Fonsi says "Despacito" success is "insane"; teases "really special" follow up

ABC/ Heidi GutmanIt's been fourteen weeks and counting at #1 for "Despacito," by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, and Luis says the success of the song has been "just insane."

The song -- the biggest mostly Spanish-language hit on the Billboard Hot 100 since "Macarena" -- is just two weeks shy of tying the record for the all-time longest running #1 hit: "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men

"I can’t even believe it. It’s been 14 weeks...we actually just tied 'Macarena,'" he told ABC Radio before his appearance on Good Morning America Wednesday. "I’m so surprised how people are connecting to the song, being that it’s a different language. The language barrier has been broken, and I’m just so honored that people are enjoying the song."

Despite its success, Luis has never actually performed the song live with both Justin and Daddy Yankee, but he says they "absolutely" want to do it.

"I’ve performed it with Justin once and with Daddy Yankee a few times, but we haven’t gotten together all three of us," he says. "It’s tough, you know, we’re obviously all three on tour, it’s a lot of craziness going on, but..I mean, we’re doing something very, very special.  So we have to celebrate it the best way we can, which is performing it!"

But given the success of "Despacito," what can Luis possibly do for a follow-up?  He says he's got something "really special" planned.

"We just confirmed [it]...yesterday!" he laughs. "And it hasn't been recorded, so I'm a firm believer of, until it's done, let's not over-celebrate it.  But I'm really excited, 'cause it's a really cool collaboration, and it's an amazing song." 

You'll be able to hear Luis perform that song, and "Despacito," when his North American tour kicks off September 8 in Las Vegas.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Van Morrison releases lead single from upcoming studio album, debuts new live video for song

Exile/CarolineIn advance of the September 22 arrival of Van Morrison's latest album, Roll with the Punches, the legendary singer/songwriter has released the record's first single, "Transformation." The track can be purchased now as a digital download at iTunes and also is available via major streaming services.

The soulful song features the talents of such respected U.K. musicians as Jeff Beck, jazz pianist Jason Rebello and rock-blues singer -- and frequent Morrison collaborator -- Chris Farlowe.

An official video for "Transformation," featuring Morrison and his backing group performing the tune live at a concert at Porchester Hall in London, has premiered at Van's VEVO channel.

"Transformation" is one of several new original tunes that appear on Roll with the Punches, which also features various cover versions of songs by blues, R&B and early rock 'n' roll artists who've influenced Morrison.  They include Bo Diddley, Sam Cooke, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Lightnin' Hopkins, Mose Allison and Little Walter.

In support of the album, Morrison has lined up a variety of U.S. concerts, starting with a previously announced appearance at Willie Nelson's Outlaw Music Festival Tour stop in Hershey, Pennsylvania, on September 10.

Here are all of Van's confirmed stateside shows:

9/10 -- Hershey, PA, Outlaw Music Festival Tour - Hersheypark Stadium
9/14 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
10/13 -- Palm Springs, CA, The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
10/14 -- Palm Springs, CA, The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
10/20 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
10/21 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
1/31/18 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum Caesars Palace
2/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum Caesars Palace
2/3 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum Caesars Palace
2/7 -- Miami, FL, James L. Knight Center
2/8 -- Miami, FL, James L. Knight Center

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Thursday
Aug172017

Lucky cruise passengers will watch Bonnie Tyler sing "Total Eclipse of the Heart" during the total eclipse 

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesIn one of the most brilliant marketing moves so far this year, the one and only Bonnie Tyler will entertain passengers on Royal Caribbean's Total Eclipse Cruise by singing her classic #1 hit, "Total Eclipse of the Heart," during Monday's total eclipse of the sun.

The cruise on the Oasis of the Seas, which departs from Orlando, FL for the Caribbean on August 20, will be positioned to allow for optimum views of the eclipse, the first total eclipse of the sun to cross the U.S. since 1918. 

"It's going to be so exciting," Bonnie tells TIME magazine.  She'll perform the song backed by the band DNCE, best known for their hit "Cake by the Ocean."  Asked if she might be thrown off her game by the eclipse, Tyler tells TIME, "I go with the flow, darling. I’m not worried about things like that."

However, Bonnie won't be able to time the song to begin and end with the eclipse.  As she explains, "The eclipse of the sun lasts two minutes and 40 minutes, I’m told. Unlike my song." 

The album version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is seven minutes long, while the single version is 4 minutes 30 seconds.

"Total Eclipse of the Heart," written by Jim Steinman of Meat Loaf fame, has sold six million copies and was nominated for multiple Grammys.  It always posts huge sales and streaming gains around eclipses.  According to TIME, YouTube views for the video have already started to spike: as of Wednesday afternoon, it has 300 million views and counting.

After her performance, Bonnie will leave the ship to continue touring behind her most recent album, Rocks and Honey, but the cruise will continue on to the Caribbean.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Brothers Osborne play the blame game with "It Ain't My Fault"

ABC/Brett OronzioBrothers Osborne’s latest hit, “It Ain’t My Fault,” was born with a guitar lick and a beat on the drums.

“We just had this riff,” TJ Osborne remembers, “and John had this drum groove, and it started happening pretty organically, pretty naturally and pretty quick. We knew we were onto something really fun, and kind of a fresh idea, of just blaming things on one another, which is something we're all very familiar with,” he says wryly.

Once TJ and John combined their blame-shifting ideology with a clip featuring armed robbers wearing presidential masks, the song seemed to really take off.

“We then kind of elaborated on that with a video having politicians in it, 'cause I think that is the M.O. of any politician that's ever lived,” TJ says, as John laughs.

“It Ain’t My Fault” is the fourth single from the CMA and ACM Duo of the Year’s debut album, Pawn Shop.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer Jo Walker-Meador passed away Tuesday night in Nashville after a stroke. The 93-year-old began her career as the first paid employee of the Country Music Association:  she was the office manager. She went on to become CMA's longest-serving Executive Director.

Florida Georgia Line’s FGL House will host a Sungaze Rooftop Eclipse Party starting at 11 a.m. CT Monday in Nashville. Admission will be free, as will glasses to take in the eclipse. You’ll also be able to order a special “Get Your Shine On” cocktail from the bar.

Former Hot Chelle Rae frontman Ryan Follese surprised his fans by announcing his debut country album will come out this week. The self-titled effort will be available digitally on Friday.

Garth Brooks will bring his World Tour to Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday, October 7. Tickets for the show with Trisha Yearwood go on sale Friday, August 25.

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Thursday
Aug172017

"World of Dance" winners say Beyoncé taught them how to master the English language

ABC/Image Group LAFrench-born identical twin brothers Laurent and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, also known as World of Dance champions Les Twins, say that Beyoncé not only helped sharpen their dance moves while touring with the superstar, but also taught them how to speak English. 

Larry tells People magazine, "We didn't speak English when we started to dance with Beyoncé and JAY-Z -- at all. She's a great teacher."

He adds, "She [taught] me how to speak correctly. [They] they showed us how to live in New York."  

"I was like, 'Mommy, I made it! and she was like, 'Come back home!' and I was like, 'No, no I'm staying here!' [Beyonce] really [made] us feel like we were unique."  

Les Twins toured as backup dancers for Bey and Jay on their On The Run Tour in 2014.  

They've also appeared in Beyoncé's music videos for "Blow" and "Jealous," and the alternate visual for "Run the World (Girls)."

The twins, grateful for Beyoncé's professional and linguistic help, also offered some advice of their own for the mother of new twins, Sir and Rumi.

"Do not dress them the same after two," says Laurent.  

Larry adds, "Do not treat one with more love than the other because they will always remember." 

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Thursday
Aug172017

Foo Fighters didn't plan to have guest-filled album, says guitarist 

ABC/Travis BellThe forthcoming new Foo Fighters album Concrete and Gold is stacked with guest appearances: The Kills' Alison Mosshart, Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman, and even Paul McCartney, who plays drums on the track "Sunday Rain," all appear on the LP. That's not even mentioning the super-secret "biggest pop star in the world" that provides back-up vocals on the record.

While that kind of guest coordination sounds like it would require some degree of preparation, guitarist Chris Shiflett says the Foos never had "any master plan to have all the guests on the album."

"I think it was something that just unfolded as we were working," he tells Singapore's Today. "Maybe [frontman] Dave [Grohl] planned it all, but I don't think he did!"

Even without the guests, the Foos knew that recording Concrete and Gold would be a unique experience when they recruited producer Greg Kurstin, who's worked with pop singers like Adele and Sia, to produce the album. In fact, Shiflett felt that Grohl wanted to rock the boat and change things up as soon as they started recording.

"At the beginning, Dave told everybody: 'Don't bring any of your usual gear, bring a different guitar, a different amp,'" says Shiflett. "So I think he did have it in mind to mix it up and try something different this time."

Concrete and Gold will be released September 15. Foo Fighters will launch a North American tour in support of the album in October.

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Wednesday
Aug162017

Sweet "Judy": Listen to new song from Stephen Stills and Judy Collins' upcoming duets album

Credit: Anna WebberBillboard.com is hosting the premiere of "Judy," a new track from Stephen Stills and Judy Collins' upcoming collaborative album, Everybody Knows, due out September 22.

Stills wrote "Judy" as a tribute to Collins while he was working on her 1968 album, Who Knows Where the Time Goes?, and he made a solo demo of the tune around that time that was released on his 2007 archival compilation, Just Roll Tape.

Everybody Knows celebrates the 50th anniversary of the start of the singers' long friendship and their brief love affair, which also inspired Stephen to write his classic Crosby, Stills & Nash song "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes."

Asked how she feels about Stills having written songs about their relationship, Collins tells Billboard, "Oh, it's just delicious. We always were friends. We didn't ever hate each other. We had a kind of, I would say, dramatic love affair, lots of positive and then a lot of upset because it wasn't working out. And then, of course 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes' came along and, I mean, how can you resist when you hear that song all over the country?!"

The album features new versions of songs tied into the singers' shared history, such as "Judy," along with some cover tunes chosen by Stills and Collins, and one brand-new tune by Judy.

"It's got the markings of something that was bound to happen," says Collins of the album, "and by some miracle both of us are still on the planet and feeling very healthy and positive."

The duo launched a lengthy U.S. tour in support of Everybody Knows last month that winds down November 5 in Santa Rosa, California. Collins tells Billboard that if her and Stills' schedules allow, she'd like to extend the trek.

Here are all of their upcoming tour dates:

8/16 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
8/17 -- New Haven, CT, College Street Music Hall
8/18 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
8/20 -- Lowell, MA, Boarding House Park
8/21 -- Great Barrington, MA, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
8/23 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
8/25 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
8/26 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
8/28 -- Vestal, NY, Anderson Center for the Performing Arts
9/1 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
9/3 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino
9/6 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Sea
9/8 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion
9/9 -- Stateline, NV, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
9/27 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
9/28 -- Lebanon, NH, Lebanon Opera House
9/30 -- Torrington, CT, Warner Theater
10/1 -- Newport News, VA, Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts
10/2 -- Huntington, WV, Keith Albee Performing Arts Center
10/4 -- Morgantown, WV, West Virginia University
10/5 -- Charlottesville, VA, Sprint Pavilion
10/7 -- Cranston, RI, Rhode Island Center for the Arts at Park Theatre
10/8 -- Albany, NY, Hart Theatre - Egg Center for the Performing Arts
10/11 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
10/12 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
10/13 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
10/15 -- Youngstown, OH, Edward W. Powers Auditorium
10/17 -- Godfrey, IL, Olin Theater
10/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Smith Center for the Performing Arts
10/22 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Theater
10/25 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
10/26 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
10/28 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre
10/29 -- Turlock, CA, Community Theatre
11/1 -- Chico, CA, California State University - Chico
11/2 -- Visalia, CA, Fox Theatre
11/4 -- Brooks, CA, Cache Creek Casino Resort
11/5 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

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Wednesday
Aug162017

News flash: Azealia Banks withdraws support for President Trump...again

Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesYou may remember Azealia Banks' public endorsement of President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election.  

She withdrew it after hearing his salacious comments about wome, but then earlier this year declared her support for him again.  

Now, Azealia is once more off the Trump train. 

Using a screenshot of singer-songwriter Clay Aiken's recent tweet, in which he apologizes for his past support of Trump, Azealia writes on Instagram, "@clayaiken HENNY, you and I will be smoking this L until 2020."

"I hope you have strong lungs, because we aren't even a 1/8 finished. #womp #imsorrytoo #ideservedeverylaststitchofshadethrown #ideservedtoloseeveryopportunityilostwiththisendorsement." 

Azealia's surprising apology comes on the heels of her video rant against RZA, in which she blamed the Wu- Tang Clan rapper for her alleged involvement in a hotel party incident with Russell Crowe last year.

The "Chi Chi" artist is currently gearing up for her August 23 performance at New York City's Highline Ballroom and several concert appearances in Europe.  

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Wednesday
Aug162017

Welcome to his life: Chris Brown relives assault on Rihanna in new documentary 

ABC/Randy HolmesOne segment of Chris Brown's new documentary Welcome to My Life features the controversial artist reliving one of the most harrowing experiences of his life: his 2009 assault on his then-girlfriend, Rihanna.

In the 11-minute segment, Chris recalls the history of their relationship, starting from when he first met RiRi at a show in New York, when he was just 15.

They started dating, but then, Chris says, things went south after he came clean to Rihanna and admitted that he'd slept with another girl before things got serious between them.  

He'd previously denied doing so.

"She hated me after that," he says. "I tried everything. She never cared. She just didn't trust me after that. From there it just went downhill because, you know, it would be fights. Verbal fights. Physical fights as well." 

The tipping point came after the couple attended a pre-Grammy party in 2009. Chris says that night, Rihanna was upset because she believed he was cheating on her. Things escalated after they went back to their car.

He recalls, "She's fighting me. I remember she tried to kick me. It's like, just her being upset. But then I really hit her. With a closed fist. Like, I punched her and it busted her lip. And when I saw it, I was in shock."  

You can view the entire video on the Chris Brown Fan Facebook pageWelcome to My Life is available now on VOD, DVD, Blu-ray and various digital platforms.  

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Wednesday
Aug162017

"Woman Walk the Line": Taylor Swift, Rosanne Cash and more write about the female singers who changed their lives

University of Texas PressIt may be harder than ever to find female voices on country radio, but there’s no shortage of feminine viewpoints in a new collection of country music essays.

In Woman Walk the Line:  How the Women in Country Music Changed Our LivesTaylor Swift considers the impact of her fellow trailblazer, Brenda Lee, while Rosanne Cash writes about the country icon who was also her stepmother, June Carter Cash.

Though the 27-story collection won’t be out until fall, it already counts Reba McEntire as a fan.

“These personal stories -- from women, about women and the way music impacts lives -- are entertaining, thought-provoking, and, most of all, memorable,” Reba says.

The book also features Kenny Chesney’s frequent collaborator Grace Potter sharing her connection to Rock-and-Roll Hall-of-Famer Linda Ronstadt, while second-generation country artist Aubrey Sellers, daughter of Lee Ann Womack, offers her thoughts on Alison Krauss.

Writer Holly Gleason, who edited the collection and brought the project to life, has also penned an essay for the project, on Tanya Tucker.

“I’ve been fortunate to know so many dynamic women whose voices you may not know,” Gleason says, “but how they came to be the women they are is often more tied up in the artist they identified with than you’d imagine."

"So this anthology was built around the notion of reminding people how much music informs life, and offering readers access to some amazing female writers who generously share their own lives, wisdom, and love of music.”

You can pre-order Woman Walk the Line now, ahead of its September 20 release.

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Wednesday
Aug162017

Tina Knowles-Lawson says "it'd be really great" if daughter Beyoncé invests in the Houston Rockets 

ABC/Image Group LAEarlier this month, it was reported that Beyoncé was potentially seeking to invest in the Houston Rockets.  

Her mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, tells TMZ Sports that it'd be "really great" if her superstar daughter actually secured a partial ownership stake in the NBA team.  

When asked if Bey would be a good owner, Tina says, "Probably, because it's her hometown."

But make no mistake about it -- the "Irreplaceable" singer's mom adds that her daughter's investment, should it happen, wouldn't be a vanity project for the icon because she's, in fact, a big Rockets fan. "I mean we're from Houston, so why not?" Tina explains.  

But as for Tina going to every Houston Rockets game, you can forget it. "No! I live in L.A.!" she says. 

As previously reported, the Houston Rockets are currently for sale.  Should Bey decide to go into business with the pro basketball team, it would most likely be a huge boon for both parties.  

Beyonce certainly hsa the money to do the deal.  

The 35-year-old was the second highest-paid celebrity in the world this year, according to Forbes, having earned $105 million in the past 12 months.  

Her current net worth is a reported $305 million. 

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Wednesday
Aug162017

Watch now: Tank debuts sexy new video for his single "When We" 

Taj StansberryTank's latest video, "When We," is definitely NSFW.

The five-minute clip begins with the R&B singer finding a note on his car's windshield that reads "For a good time meet me here..." before he shows up at an undisclosed location.  

Several images of women in S&M-inspired clothing are quickly shown before Tank enters a building, at which point the song -- and some steamy scenes -- kick in. 

"When We" comes from the multi-Grammy nominated star's forthcoming album, Savage, which drops this fall.  

Tank's also headed on the road for his 14-city Savage tour, which begins September 5 in Nashville. Tickets are available to purchase now via TheRealTank.com/tour.   

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Wednesday
Aug162017

Watch now: Nothing But Thieves debuts new track, "I'm Not Made by Design"

ABC/Randy HolmesNothing But Thieves has premiered a new song called "I'm Not Made by Design," which will appear on the band's forthcoming sophomore album, Broken Machine. The track is available now via digital outlets.

Along with the new tune, the British rockers have also shared a live video for "I'm Not Made by Design," recorded at the Brixton Academy in London. You can watch the performance now on YouTube.

"I'm Not Made by Design," is the third track so far to emerge from Broken Machine, following the previously released "Amsterdam" and "Sorry."

Broken Machine is the follow-up to Nothing But Thieves self-titled debut, which featured the single "Trip Switch."  It'll be released September 8. The band will launch a North American tour in support of the album on October 11 in Santa Ana, California.

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Aug162017

Robert Plant posts new audio clip, perhaps teasing upcoming solo album

Credit: Ed MilesAre you in the mood for a new melody from Robert Plant? Then head over to the Led Zeppelin singer's official website and Facebook page, where he's posted an unidentified instrumental clip that could be a tease for the new album he's been working on with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, over the last couple of years.

The audio segment is a slow-tempo track featuring some atmospheric synthesized strings, electronic sounds and heavy bass drum. While the clip plays, the phrase "A WAY WITH WORDS…" appears on the screen. Plant posted the same phrase on his website, minus the musical clip, a few weeks ago, and in May he posted a different note that read "ANY TIME NOW…"

Plant first announced he was recording a new album with The Sensational Space Shifters in January 2016. His previous studio effort with the group, Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar, was released in 2014.

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